Best Shingles for a Steep Roof
30
Aug

Best Shingles for a Steep Roof

The type of roof that you can have on your home is determined, in part, by how steep your roof is. A roof’s steepness, also known as the pitch, is calculated by how much it rises for every foot of length. The number is expressed as a ratio, with either a colon or a forward slash between the two numbers. Any roof that rises more than five inches for each foot of length (5/12 to 12/12) is considered a steep roof.

Which houses have steep roofs?

This style of roof is most commonly associated with Victorian style houses. However, a majority of residential houses have a significant slope, which leads many types of shingles for steep roofs to be referred to generically as “residential shingles.”

What types of shingles can I use?

A steep roof can make up as much as 40% of the visible exterior of your home. Because of this, it’s important to take aesthetics into mind when choosing a roofing material. An attractive roof can significantly add to a house’s appeal.

Steep roofing materials often last much longer than lower slope roofs. This is because the materials on a steep roof shed water much more easily. They are also subject to far less U/V damage because sunlight does not hit them as directly.

Because of this, you have a wide range of materials you can choose from. Many people opt for cedar, slate or other shingles. While these materials can cost more up front than other options, their long life can make them pay for themselves over time. 

Asphalt shingles can also be used. However, they will typically require extra nailing details. Otherwise, these materials can be blown off by the area’s strong seasonal winds. We have years of experience installing all types of roofs in this area, which can allow you to rest assured that we will properly install your roofing material for long life.

Is it time for a new roof?

No matter what the material your roof is made of, it will eventually need replacement. Some sure signs that your roof is ready to be replaced is cracked or missing shingles, finding granules from an asphalt roof in the gutters and finding signs of water incursion inside your home.

We have a range of roofing products available for you to look at in our 17,000 square foot design center. Our experienced roofing experts can talk to you about the look you want and the best way to get it. We are the roofing contractors Palatine families trust. Get in touch today.